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November 15, 2021

Migrants granted asylum at higher rate under Biden administration, new data shows
By Sandra Sanchez

“The big takeaway … was that the approval rate had gone up during the Biden administration,” Kocher said.
Asylum-seeking migrants have experienced a higher success rate with their immigration cases under the Biden administration, according to new data. A new report by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a data and research organization at Syracuse University, found an uptick in the number of cases granted asylum since President Joe Biden took office. Asylum case denials decreased from 71 percent in Fiscal Year 2020 to 63 percent in Fiscal Year 2021, which ended on Sept. 30. In other words, the success rates increased from 29% to 37% under the new administration, according to the report published Wednesday. Austin Kocher, a TRAC researcher, told Border Report on Monday that the number of migrants granted asylum began to significantly increase in May and June and that the overall increase even includes nearly four months of the fiscal year during which Donald Trump was still president. Austin Kocher is a TRAC researcher. “The big takeaway … was that the approval rate had gone up during the Biden administration,” Kocher said. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and reduced number of U.S. immigration court hearings that have been held, it is hard for researchers to determine exactly how and why migrants are winning their cases. Kocher speculated that it could be due to migrants obtaining legal counsel and lawyers petitioning the courts to hear cases that they believe have a strong chance of winning asylum. “It is really is hard to tell because of the pandemic exactly which cases are getting through,” Kocher said via Zoom. Fewer than 9,000 asylum cases were decided in Fiscal 2021, down substantially from 60,000 asylum cases that were decided in Fiscal 2019.

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